How’s this for cultural priorities? Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020 is written into the new coalition agreement with the SPD as a national spending priority.
Page 132 of the coalition agreement contains the following statement: “The 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven in the year 2020 offers excellent opportunities for profiling German culture at home and abroad. Preparing for this important anniversary is thus of national concern.”
Does President Obama, we wonder, have plans for Bernstein 2018?
Or Phyllis Tine Cameron for Vaughan Williams 2022?